Whitesburg KY

The way we were

Clips from Mountain Eagle front pages over the past 50 years



July 31, 1958

Whitesburg has had 10.4 inches of rainfall so far this month. Mrs. Remious Day, who keeps weather statistics here for the U.S. Weather Bureau at Cincinnati, said an inch or more of rain fell on three days during the month.

Some details of plans for the new school buildings to be built at Fleming and Jeremiah were revealed this week by W.B. Hall, county school superintendent. The Letcher Consolidate School, to be at Jeremiah, will be a 24-classroom unit in a V shape with additional space for a library, a lunchroom and a home economics department. The Fleming-Neon High School building will be a two-story structure with an all-glass front, Hall said. It will include 14 classrooms, a library and a home economics department.

Remious Day, chief of the Whitesburg Fire Department, was elected president of the department at a recent meeting. The department has been in operation some 10 years but only now is setting up a formal organization.

Chuck roast is on sale at the A&P grocery for 49 cents a pound. Boneless hams are 79 cents a pound.

August 1, 1968

Residents of the Kingdom Come area of Letcher County have filed suit in Franklin Circuit Court in an effort to keep their high school in operation. The suit was filed by 20 persons identified as parents of students at the Kingdom Come High School, which has been ordered to be closed by the Kentucky State Board of Education.

William Terrell “Terry” Cornett, son of Mr. and Mrs. William V. Cornett of Whitesburg, has been selected Letcher County Outstanding Teenager for 1968. The selection was made by the Whitesburg Jaycees on the basis of accomplishment, leadership, and character.

Pork loin is 78 cents a pound at the Whitesburg A&P Food Store. Cantaloupes are three for $1.

Bumber Adams lined a 1-0 pitch into the left field stands in the ninth inning to give Letcher a 4-3 victory over Whitesburg. The loss put an end to Whitesburg’s four-game winning streak.

August 3, 1978

Letcher County’s share of the state coal severance tax for the fiscal year which began last month is $244,081.57, the sixth largest among the 46 Kentucky coal-producing states.

The Interstate Commerce Commission may require the L&N Railroad to double the number of coal cars currently being provided to small producers and may require L&N’s parent firm, Seaboard Coast Line Industries, to transfer 100 locomotives to the coalfields from sister lines following an investigation of rail service to the eastern Kentucky coalfields.

Bananas are 25 cents a pound at the A&P Food Store. Pears are 59 cents a pound.

August 3, 1988

Letcher Fiscal Court voted to borrow $200,000 to repair county roads this summer. Judge/Executive Ruben Watts said the money would be repaid with receipts from coal severance taxes.

BethEnergy recalled 50 miners to work in its Pike County mine. The miners had been idle since last February.

Harlan Attorney Karl S. Forester was named to a vacancy on the U.S. District Court bench for eastern Kentucky.

August 5, 1998

With Letcher County’s E-911 emergency dispatching system scheduled to be turned on in October, police say they will take a get-touch attitude with anyone caught stealing or destroying the new road signs that are necessary for the system to work.

The Appalachian Regional Commission wants to develop homegrown businesses which can generate their own jobs in rural areas of Kentucky and other states it serves. It has already spent $2 million of a $15 million fund intended to build an economy in Appalachia based on locally owned businesses.

The June unemployment rate in Letcher County was 7.2 percent, according to figures from the Kentucky Workforce Development Cabinet.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation containing a request by Rep. Harold Rogers of Somerset to provide $2 million for sewer line extensions in the Kona, Cromona and Potters Fork areas of Letcher County. The extensions would serve 500 homes.

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